Women who bemoan their once-a-month curse may soon have reason to appreciate it: Chelsea Briganti, a senior at the Parsons New School for Design, has developed a tampon-like kit made from silicone that collects and stores adult stem cells from the wearer’s menstrual blood. Curing diseases, growing organs, and thus saving the world between regular dosages of Midol? Genius!
Regardless of the “ick factor,” we wonder why no one has thought of this before, as scientists are quite aware that the stem cells found in menstrual blood are more powerful than the ones found in one bone marrow. Menstrual stem cells contain embryonic stem cell markers, and can differentiate into nine different types of cell.